7 forklift operators that had a bad day at work

Even the best of us aren’t immune to a bad day at work, but some bad days can be worse than others. Here are seven forklift operators who had a very bad day indeed.

1. The operator who didn’t check before unloading

Loading docks are a vital part of any warehouse environment, aiding the flow of goods and materials in and out. However, they can be dangerous if misused. This worker in the Czech Republic had a nasty surprise when unloading his truck, without realising that he wasn’t fully backed up into the loading dock. Thankfully he was able to get up and walk away, but we’re pretty confident that he won’t be making this mistake again.

2. The operator who didn’t lower his cargo

As the saying goes, the bigger they are, the harder they fall. In some environments, forklift operators will have to use a reach truck to get to cargo that’s stored in high-up areas. One environment that may require a reach truck is a dock, as we can see in this video. The operator tries to manoeuvre a loaded reach truck while the lifting mechanism is at full stretch. As you can probably guess, it doesn’t work out too well for him.



3. The operator who didn’t check the height of his forks

If you’ve ever driven a truck, you’ll know that you have to plan your journey to avoid any low bridges. The same goes for forklift operators; you have to know your warehouse environment so that you don’t try and squeeze your forklift into a space it can’t fit through. Unfortunately, this guy didn’t get the memo. Whoops.


4. The operator who didn’t communicate with his colleagues

We highlighted earlier how dangerous a loading dock can be if misused, and this video is another example. In this video, a forklift operator takes a tumble after the truck he’s trying to load into inches forward. Did the truck driver drive off? Was the handbrake left off? It’s unclear, but what is certain is that the operator should have been communicating with the driver.

5. The operator who didn’t watch his load

In this clip, we can see a forklift operator whose cargo is a huge rolled carpet, protruding out a few metres in front of him. This all raises a few questions. Why did he load his forks like that? Why didn’t he lower them? Does he not get on with the guy in the orange hi-vis, or was it all just an accident? So many questions.

6. The operator who tried to show off

This one just looks like a recipe for disaster right from the off. A forklift operator, driving a truck that has no safety cage, and very little to stop him going flying, decides to start spinning his truck around. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out what happens next.

7. This operator who wasn’t careful in the warehouse

We’ve all had bad days at work, but this one is really something. At forklift training, operators are repeatedly told that forklifts are heavy pieces of machinery that can cause a lot of damage if handled poorly. This video is a case in point, where a warehouse crash causes two racks of stock to go clattering to the floor. Miraculously, nobody was hurt.


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